Mrs. Wilkes House

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107 West Jones Street, Savannah, GA, USA - 912-232-5997
Mrs. Wilkes House - My selections for lunch
Mrs. Wilkes House - Family style selections at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room
Mrs. Wilkes House - Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room
Mrs. Wilkes House - Family style selections at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room
Mrs. Wilkes House - The line at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Rom
Mrs. Wilkes House - Your table is overflowing with these dishes!!
Mrs. Wilkes House - Your table is overflowing with these dishes!!

Mrs. Wilkes House Savannah Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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Lunch at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room Apr 03, 2012
Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room has been a Savannah institution since 1943. Mrs. Wilkes is open for lunch daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Seating is family style on a first-come basis. The line forms early every day outside Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room. In order to be at an early seating, you need to in line along West Jones Street by 10:00 a.m.!

We were there by 10 and a number of people were ahead of us. We were seated about 11:10 at a table with a group of ladies from Atlanta. They told us they come to Savannah to dine at Mrs. Wilkes frequently. The waiters then brought platters of food to the table for guests to pass around. Platters are replenished when empty and the servers will ask if anything else is needed! Lunch selections vary each day, but always represent traditional Southern cooking. (Check the web site for weekly menus.) My lunch selections included Fried Chicken, Snap Beans, Beef Stew, Rice and Sausage, Macaroni and Cheese, and Candied Yams. Dessert was Peach Cobbler. Everything was very good!

Lunch is a fixed price of $18. Mrs. Wilkes does not accept credit cards. Be sure to bring cash!

Outstanding. A must-try in Savannah!
Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room
Family style selections at Mrs. Wi…
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4 reviews
LOVED it!! Sep 30, 2011
I loved Mrs. Wilkes House. Beware the long lines. From what I've been told it has always been popular, but when President Obama ate there early last year their popularity exploded which is why you have lines down the block. The owners have a picture of themselves with the president sitting on the counter.

It took me 3 days to eat at this place, the lines were so long that I would just give up and leave. But on the last day I got up extra early to get in line to make sure I got in without too much of a wait...I was #5 in line :-) Let me tell you it was well worth it. Once they open the doors for the day, they call the first 10 or so people in and do a family style blessing of the food. I thought this was such a nice touch...very southern. I also really loved the family style seating, being able to sit at a table with strangers and talk about your trip, where you are from places you should visit while in town etc was so much fun. My table was full of locals, but they were very friendly and gave me a bunch of tips and places to check out. Now the food...southern goodness at its best. CAUTION: If you are on a diet, please do not go here :-) There is so much food, the waitresses just kept bringing dishes of food. Fried chicken, baked chicken, goulash, mac and cheese, potato salad, corn bread, greens, ham, yams, sweet tea, all sorts of pies, banana pudding some of everything. There wasn't anything that I didn't like. I will definitely be going back the next time I'm in Savannah.
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_Amanda_ _Amanda_
1 reviews
Delicious local gem!! Aug 03, 2008
Sema Wilkes took over this boarding house in 1943. Her goal was to make a living serving meals to her boarders. After she stopped housing the boarders she started serving lunch to the public in her downstairs dining room. The menu always has fried chicken/sausage and beef stew. With those main dishes you have about 9+ side dishes. Those side dishes range from mac and cheese, candied yams, collard greens, tomatoes, pickled beets, black eyed peas, and other delicious seasonal veggies. And for dessert you might have banana pudding or berry cobbler.

When you arrive at Mrs. Wilkes you will be seated at a huge table and you will be served family style. The table seats approx 10-12 people, so you'll make new friends that are visiting Mrs. Wilkes house too!

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